The Planning Division is responsible for administering the City's zoning and land use codes. The City's land use regulations are intended to create a positive business and living environment while preserving and enhancing the appearance of the City.

The Current Planning Section can help you with some of the design features, explain the requirements, and help you through the City application process if you are planning to:

  • Enlarge your home
  • Construct a new retail building,
  • Remodel an existing commercial building, or
  • Locate a new business in Garden Grove.

For development standards (e.g. setback requirements, parking requirements, landscaping requirements, etc.) please see Title 9 in the City's Municipal Code.

The Advanced Planning Section is involved in:

  • Updating the General Plan (or constitution) which is the blueprint for the physical development of Garden Grove,
  • Updating the City's land use regulations to implement the goals of the community, and
  • Interacting with other agencies to try to solve regional issues such as traffic congestion, air quality, and housing needs.

Development Projects Update List

Online Zoning Map

Municipal Code - Title 9 Land Use

General Plan Amendment No. GPA-001-2017 - Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration Report

Associated: Planned Unit Development No. PUD-006-2017, Tentative Tract Map No. TT-17927-2017, Site Plan No. SP-028-2017, and Development Agreement No. DA-006-2017

Questions About the Flood Zone?
The City of Garden Grove has prepared information as a courtesy to educate property owners about the flood zone and flood insurance.

Garden Grove General Plan

SB 1185
On July 15, 2008, the State of California Governor signed Senate Bill 1185, to allow for the automatic one-year extension of time for Tentative Tract Maps and Tentative Parcel Maps that have not already expired and were approved by the City's hearing body prior to July 15, 2008. In order to determine if your Tentative Tract Map or Tentative Parcel Map is affected by the approval of Senate Bill 1185, please contact the City of Garden Grove's Planning Division at (714) 741-5312.

Planning Forms & Applications

Project Environmental Documents

Specific Plans

Questions about Garden Grove zoning and development requirements can be made in person at the Development and Permit Center, which is located on the first floor of City Hall, 11222 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every other Friday. City Hall is closed on alternating Fridays. You can also call (714) 741-5312 for more information.

For questions or comments regarding planning, please send an email to

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